What is Rectal Prolapse?

Let’s start by giving you an overview of rectal prolapse, so you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Although, further down, I am also going to talk about rectocele – so if that’s your condition, then stay with me.

Rectal or colon prolapse occurs when the tissue that lines the rectum falls down into or sticks out of the anal opening. Rectal prolapse can start off protruding only during bowel movements; then it may protrude during sneezes or other abdominal contractions; then progress to protruding during activities like walking, and eventually reach chronic protrusion, where the rectum fails to retract at all.

Rectal prolapse can result from the following conditions:

• Constipation
• Cystic fibrosis, MS, paralysis
• Malnutrition and malabsorption (celiac disease as an example)
• Pinworms (enterobiasis)
• Prior injury to the anus or pelvic area
• Whipworm infection (trichuriasis)
• Anal intercourse – especially if long-term or aggressive
• Childbirth

If your rectum has prolapsed, you will likely see a pink or reddish-colored mass of tissue sticking out from the opening of the anus, especially after a bowel movement. The lining of the rectal tissue may be visible, and may bleed slightly.

Natural Treatment for Rectal Prolapse

Treating the underlying causes of rectal prolapse usually cures the problem. In otherwise healthy elderly patients who have repeated rectal prolapse, surgery is sometimes used to repair physical problems that make prolapse more likely to occur. Surgery is also often recommended for treating rectocele (outpouching of the rectum into the vagina).

However, the surgery can result in scar tissue and adhesions, which can narrow the rectal canal (anal stenosis) and interfere with the rectal and pelvic muscles relaxing during a bowel movement. These two problems can then cause difficulty having a bowel movement, or result in hemorrhoids or rectal or anal fissures (tears) from repeated straining.

If this has already happened to you, I have effective natural treatment protocols for all of these conditions. Just click on the symptom in the list below to look them up:

Anal Stenosis and Anal or Rectal Stricture
Hemorrhoids
Anal or Rectal Fissures

To treat the underlying conditions that cause or continue rectal prolapse, we need to address a number of possible factors:

1. Painful Rectal Area

Following colon prolapse, you may experience pain in the muscles surrounding the rectum – the levator ani muscles. Applying a hot castor oil pack to these muscles can help to relax and soothe them. If you feel your muscles from your sitz bones (the “sitting bones” you can feel at the bottom of your bum when you sit on a bicycle or hard seat), working up both sides of your buttocks and across just under your sacrum (the flat, sl